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Diagnosed with transverse myelitis

I have psoriatic arthritis and was currently diagnosed with transverse myelitis. 3 months ago, I had been ill with bronchitis/pneumonia and was laid up in bed for 3 weeks. during the first week of being ill, I had developed a numbness and tingling sensation down the right side of my body. the sensation has not changed nor does it hurt, just feels like everything fell asleep and wont wake up. It has been 3 months and the symptoms have not changed. Before my illness 3 months ago, I was pretty active at the gym from cardio workouts to weight lifting for an average of 2 hrs. a day, five days a week. I have started back to the gym trying to do my workouts, but am unable to lift weights on my right side yet. Any suggestions or recommendations on types of exercises I may do to keep the strength and muscles in my body?
Fri, 30 Sep 2016
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Hi You are suffering from Transverse Myelitis and the condition has not changed for last 3 months. You are a patient of Psoriatic Arthritis also. Since only your (R) Side is affected this condition the condition will be called partial transverse Myelitis. In my opinion Since the disease has not progressed any further in three months , the results are likely to be good. The mainstay is exercises for the limb which should be done under supervision of a physiotherapist. Initially the purpose of exercises to prevent any contracture and preserve the suppleness in muscles.
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